Barry Thomas Goldberg was 23 in 1974, the year his Minneapolis power pop group, The Batch, split up. Rudderless, he set about recording solo album Misty Flats, and though few would hear it in its day, he hit on something very special indeed. In 1974, the world was weary, the Vietnam War was ending, America was at this place where it didnt know where it was heading, it was the fumes of Watergate days, says Goldberg now. Id just left my band, and I didnt know where I was heading either. And thats what Misty Flats represents: neither high road nor low, but somewhere in between. Where The Batch were a harmony-drenched power pop band in the mold of Big Star and The Rubinoos, Misty Flats was an album of ecstatic desolation, an unhinged loner-folk gem that came from a unique place: I wanted to make the first punk rock album, and if Id recorded those songs with a band, maybe thats what it wouldve been, Goldberg says. The album was, instead, recorded in mono in a two-day recording binge on a two-track Ampex tape machine. It features just Goldberg and his friend Michael Yonkers, author of the cult 1968 LPMicrominiature Love, playing guitar, bass, harmonica, and vocals between them. In it, we hear echoes of Goldbergs childhood in Las Vegas, where trips to the movies were surrogate babysitters for his single mother. Hollywood and Stars In The Sand dream of LA life, where Pop And Ice has a narrative straight from hard-edged 70s cinema about a drummer whos drafted into the army. Never Came To Stay details his return to Minneapolis, where he remains to this day, working as an administrator for the Minnesota Twins baseball team. Back in 74, Yonkers had crushed several vertebrae at work and used his payoff to fund five albums: four of his own and GoldbergsMisty Flats, which was pressed in a run of just 500. We were into art, not commerce, notes Goldberg now, but at the time he was frustrated his album was allowed to drift off into obscurity. Goldberg forged ahead to record a 24-track rock album called Winter Summer which languishes in the vault to this day;Misty Flats, however, is finally widely available in this first-ever reissue. - Future Days.\r\n
After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.
This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).
Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.
Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.
Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).
So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.
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